Commoditisation is a big word these days in the Service Provider business. The value of our services is being depreciated as our customers are exposed to growing choices offering comparable products. In this borderless economy, competition can come from the most unexpected sources. How are you using technology to give your customers a better experience? A number of ways technology changes the way we do things we do were showcased in the recent Cisco Live events. How would you put those to good use in your businesses?
Every morning when I wake up, the first thing that I touch is my mobile phone. Living in Read More »
Tags: Cisco, cisco live melbourne 2015, mobile, Service Provider, technology
One of the well-received demonstrations that Cisco showed at MWC 2015 was: Cisco Internet of Everything: Solutions for SP Business Opportunity, aka the “Connected Bus Stop”. This demo prompted a lot of good discussion about what role Service Providers can play in the Internet of Things (IoT) and the Internet of Everything (IoE). We summarized 4 areas for Service Providers to add value:
- Deliver Intelligent Connectivity over lower-cost, dynamically scalable virtualized networks
- Offer complete solutions and managed services in focused vertical segments
- Monetize new sources of analytics from aggregated and contextualized IoT data
- Provide provisioning, end-to-end device management, and added-value aligned to the business process productivity gains that customers seek from IoT.
Cisco’s approach to IoT encompasses an understanding of key business care-abouts and pain points, derived from our longstanding position as Read More »
Tags: Cisco, Cisco Meraki, Cisco’s IoT solutions, connected bus stop, intelligent connectivity, Internet of Everything, IoE, mobility, service providers, smart parking, virtualization, wi-fi
If there’s one common element across the major television/video trade shows this year — the International Consumer Electronics Show (CES), the upcoming National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) Show, and likely those that follow, it’s the focus on “the rest of the ecosystem,” as it relates to 4K, Ultra High-Definition (UHD) TV. Meaning, the televisions are out there. Everything else is still catching up.
With NAB coming up, and video picture quality a hot topic, I wanted to highlight what’s been going on with Cisco’s 4K encoder work, as evidenced by customer wins — some of which we can discuss, some of which we can’t — in a series of recent “encoder bake-offs” around the world.
One that we can discuss is our work with India’s Videocon d2h, Read More »
Tags: 4k, CES 2015, Cisco, Cisco’s companion Unified Computing System (UCS), nab, Service Provider, UHD
Have you ever walked into the office or perhaps an area in your home with your mobile phone and tried to make a call, only to have poor LTE/4G/3G signal strength keep your call from connecting? What did you do? Well if you’re like me, you probably wanted to throw your phone and revert back to the reliable, old land line. What if, instead of relying on the signal strength of your mobile service provider, you were to make voice calls over your home or office Wi-Fi network?
Mobile network traffic is growing exponentially, and service providers must manage their networks efficiently to meet Read More »
Tags: mobile network operator, mobile subscribers, mobility, Service Provider, VoWifi, wifi
Guest blog by Greg Nehib, SP Product and Solutions Marketing
I like to think of virtualization as an expanded networking toolkit, providing us with additional options to get the job done. It’s almost like when cordless tools entered the consumer tool market. You could take the cordless tools anywhere and use them in new and exciting applications. But there was a key drawback that I’m sure you remember. The early cordless tools had a limited effective power range. Over the next decade or two, battery technology improved and there were fewer power related drawbacks to going cordless.
A few similarities exist in the network functions virtualization (NFV) space. I Read More »
Tags: AER, agility, Application Engineered Routing, asr, ASR9000, Cisco, epn, esp, Evolved Programmable Networks, IOS XRv, mpls, SDN, Service Provider, virtualization